How did your fitness journey begin?
My fitness journey began in high school when I was introduced to a weight room and lifting program. After years of playing several sports, I found my niche in soccer and baseball, which required me to be in peak condition. I discovered weight training my junior year of high school and fell in love.
My size was a disadvantage as a high school athlete because I didn't have the strength that my teammates and competitors possessed. I had to work twice as hard as my competitors to gain an edge, but I enjoyed the challenge and knew it would pay off.
When I started to train seriously, my form was terrible, and I had no concept of rest, exercise plans, or how many sets and reps to do. With the guidance of my coaches and generous people at my local gym, I learned the ins and outs of training properly. I studied exercises for specific muscle groups and how to care for my body.
During the span of my high school career, I made tremendous gains in the weight room and on the playing field. There were times when I thought training wasn't paying off and I would never get stronger or faster, but I stayed determined and kept my eye on the prize. Thanks to my hard work, I got the opportunity to play college soccer at Illinois College.
I still have the same drive, motivation, and passion for training that I carried throughout high school and it grows daily. I completely transformed my body during the last four years and plan on continue with hard work, sweat equity, and lots of determination.
I entered my first men's physique competition on July 13, 2013 at the NPC Natural Michigan and took first place in the short division and second place overall.
How did your passion for fitness emerge?
My passion for fitness emerged when I started training. I loved the mental battle to push myself through difficult workouts. I love the challenge that training injects into my life. The satisfaction after a challenging and tough workout makes me feel like I can conquer anything!
What or who motivated you to be a fitness guru?
I will always be a huge fan and supporter of Greg Plitt and his philosophy on training and life. He supports the notion that "you get out what you put in" and I love that philosophy. He's inspirational and made a tremendous mark on the health and fitness industry.
Where did you go for inspiration?
I use my self-determination and drive for inspiration. When I feel tired or lazy, I think about someone out there getting better and know I have to do the same to see the top. You can't get where you want to go without hard work and sacrifice. If I want to be a fitness model and break into the industry, I have to push myself every day. My hunger for success fuels my fire.
What are your future fitness plans?
I want to break into fitness modeling, become a physique competitor, and be sponsored by a nutrition company. One of my biggest goals is to move to California and become a professional personal trainer at a well-known gym. I want to be an advocate for fitness and an inspirational role model for others like Greg Plitt was for me.
What is the most important fitness tip?
Keep your eye on the prize. Life is tough and will knock you down, but you must stay persistent and determined. If you set a goal, do everything possible to reach it and don't give up until you cross the metaphorical finish line. Being fit takes time, dedication, and determination. Believe in yourself and you can achieve your dreams and ambitions.
Who is your favorite competitor?
I admire Greg Plitt, Lazar Angelov, Joe Donnelly, and Rob Riches.
How did Bodybuilding.com help you reach your goals?
I order all my supplements from Bodybuilding.com and read the articles frequently. It's the best site for supplements, training and nutrition advice, and motivation.
- 2013 NPC Natural Michigan - 1st Place Short Division, 2nd Place overall